Lisa is a mom of three boys, a mental health advocate, a lover of concerts and dance parties, and an outdoorsy adventurer.
Welcome–I’m excited you’re here! My name is Lisa Schader. I am a Certified Financial Education Instructor and a MAcc (Master of Accountancy). I’ve been hooked on money management ever since my husband and I took a personal finance class together in graduate school. During and after college, we worked extra jobs and lived lean–we even slept on an air mattress for an entire summer (I regret that one–we’re making our chiropractor rich now). Improving your financial situation is 20% knowledge and 80% determination, but that little bit of knowledge is essential. We learned the essential lesson of wealth creation: living lean and budgeting are NOT enough. We needed to pack money away in retirement and investment accounts and make strategic career decisions–which we did–and it paid off! The day we realized we were on track for early retirement was an amazing day.
My greatest life ambition is to ease suffering and help others live a great life. I was ready to throw my accounting degree out the window and become a therapist. As I investigated a career in psychology, I realized many mental struggles come from stress which, in turn, often comes from finances. I realized that my background in accounting/tax and my passion for personal finance perfectly set me up to ease suffering. I’m here to help you get your finances in shape so you can worry less and live better.
Not Confident About Your Finances?
Maybe you feel bad about where you stand financially, Maybe you’re unsure where you stand–you’re not confident about retirement, asset protection, etc. Maybe you regret past financial mistakes. I get it–I’ve been there. Don’t stress about where your finances have been. Think about where they could be. I love this quote from Maya Angelou:
Do the best you can until you know better.
Then when you know better, do better.
Or Just Want To Learn More?
I worked for a “Big Four” accounting firm until I left to care for my three sons. As I started to explore the interwebs for personal finance content aimed at stay-at-home moms, I was alarmed to see more about couponing than the critical financial moves that actually create long-term wealth. I decided to take the intimidation factor out of personal finance–everything from the basics like budgeting and getting out of debt to the more advanced stuff, like setting up 529 college savings plans and a family trust. Let’s get-er-done.
More About Me
- Mom of Boys – Most of my time is spent trying to keep these tiny humans alive, but Money Fit Life is my other baby (thank goodness I didn’t have to give birth to it–my last two boys were sunny-side-up 9-pounder natural births, so I’mma go ahead and say we’re done with the three boys).
- Music and dancing – I love it all–especially musical theater and concerts. Some people think budgeting is all about spending as little money as possible. I disagree. After you’re out of debt, it’s about setting your priorities. I spend so little on clothes because I don’t care! But concerts? Yes, I will save up for those. I also love a good dance party. If you’re familiar with Dave Ramsey, you’ve heard his listeners do a debt-free scream. I would love to see my readers do a debt-free *dance*!
- Mental Health Advocate – I struggled with severe postpartum anxiety and insomnia–the scary kind. Self-care is important and, for many of us, health professionals are part of the equation–no stigma needed. I’ve been healthy for years now, but I still see a doctor and therapist quarterly to ensure I stay that way. If we do not take time to be well, we will most certainly end up taking time to be ill. Besides regular check-ups, my recipe for sanity = sleep + meditation + nature + friends + family + dance parties
- Outdoors-y – I love camping, hiking, cycling, traveling and exploring this beautiful planet we live on.
- Adventurous with a Bucket-List – I love setting goals and treating every day like a gift. My greatest hope is to spend quality time with my family and friends and help others, but I also want to seize the day and enjoy this beautiful life. Want a peek at my bucket list?
Thanks for joining me here at Money Fit Life! <3 Lisa